English Literature A Level at Central Foundation Boys School
Both AS and A level English Literature can broaden horizons by opening up a world of different cultures and experiences to readers. This is one of the most enjoyable aspects of exposure to literature and so students should expect to read a broad range of texts from a range of eras. Students will also need to be reading independently throughout the course, starting with a recommended list of titles from the literary canon. Literature can give insight and encourage empathy in its readers and so is valuable in helping to develop one’s understanding of the world and create more effective relationships. In addition, the course supports students in writing critical and academic essays: essential skills for success in higher education, whatever the discipline.
Coursework has been replaced by the Non-Exam Assessment, a component which is designed to allow students to read widely, to choose their own texts (if appropriate) and to understand that contemporary study of literature needs to acknowledge that varying interpretations can be valid. The opportunity to work independently on tasks which reflect their own particular interests offers students the chance to hone their research and evaluative skills and allows them to apply some of the theories and concepts introduced over the course.
To study English Language and Literature as part of a full A level programme you will need an average GCSE point score of 6 (B) including a minimum of grade 6 (B) in both Maths and English.
80% examination, 20% non-exam assessment
English forms part of many combined-subject higher education courses and can lead to a wide range of careers for example in the arts, journalism and the media, as well as business studies, the law and administration. Recent students have gone on to study History, Politics and Sociology, Journalism, Economics, and Philosophy, as well as English.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Foundation Boys School directly.